Into The Wild is the debut solo effort by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder comprised of his acclaimed folk-based score for the soundtrack to Sean Penn's 2007 film Into The Wild - an adaptation of the popular 1996 non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer about the tragic travels of Christopher McCandles. Penn hand-picked Vedder to score the movie based on his contributions to his two previous films Dead Man and I Am Sam. The Into The Wild soundtrack was produced by Adam Kaspner who also worked on Pearl Jam's Riot Act (2002) and Pearl Jam (2006).
"The story is so inspiring, just so inspiring, and the images were inspiring, and it was so easy to focus that it really became kind of an out of body experience. It went real quick and instruments were being handed to me and we were just doing all the takes real quick, and then we'd send it to Sean and he'd find places for it, and ask for a couple more, and it just kind of grew that way. I don't know if I'd want to do this again, because I know it wouldn't be as good as this experience was, so I could just leave it at this." - Eddie Vedder
"This humble, hazy soundtrack to Sean Penn's film about tramping and tragedy in the American wilderness is probably as close as the Pearl Jam singer will ever come to recording a psych-folk album. The handful of somber, droning mood pieces don't really transcend their film-contingent origins, but on the actual full-length songs - especially the rippling "Rise" and yearning cover of Indio's "Hard Sun" (with help from Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker) - Vedder's incantatory vocals and campfire instrumentation evoke the eerie beauty of untouched land." - David Marchese, SPIN
The original pressing was released in 2007 in a very limited circulation, making it very sought after among Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam fanatics. Reissued on 180g vinyl in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with artwork by Anton Corbijn and an accompanying 28 page booklet with lyrics and exclusive liner notes by director Sean Penn.